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->''Splish, splash\\
I was takin' a bath\\
Long about a Saturday night.\\
Rub-a-dub\\
Just relaxin' in the tub\\
Thinkin' everything was all right....''
-->-- '''Music/BobbyDarin'''

One of the most simple forms of {{Fanservice}} is having an attractive female or male spend a small amount of screen time in the tub. Many films usually use this as an easy excuse for nudity. Even though they are not very necessary, bathtub scenes usually seem to sneak their way into many forms of media even though most of the time they're unnecessary to the plot. If they do advance the plot, that's often due to a [[DeadlyBath deadly twist]].

When a bubble bath is involved, the BathKick is probably close by. Can include [[CandlelitBath candles]] and CensorSuds usually come in. This trope is a variation of the ShowerScene. See FuroScene for the Japanese variation.

Also see the BathingTropes index for the many variants that can occur once someone gets in the tub.

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Blair first appears in a bubbly bathtub scene in which Soul [[LandingInSomeonesBathtub lands in her bathtub]] during the first episode.
** Blair has another in episode 4.
** Tsubaki has one in a wooden bathtub in episode 14.
* ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'' has many with the BathingBeauty Colonel Felme who even has bathed in an AwkwardlyPlacedBathtub.
* Many episodes of ''MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' include a scene with the title character in the bath tub. One scene involved one of her students attempting to join her. Yeah, it's that kind of an anime.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/ZeroZeroNineOne'', main protagonist Mylene Hoffman is taking a bubble bath, but is interrupted and sent on a mission.
* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'' always ends with tween Saga and the titular character sharing a bubble bath as they reflect on the events of the episode. The CensorSuds keep it clean.
* Bulma from ''DragonBall'' has a bubble bath in the second episode and is then seen naked by Goku, who makes comments about her cleavage, [[CensorSuds which is covered by the bubbles]], and says it looks like a butt. She also has one in a filler scene in episode 49 of ''Dragon Ball Z'' during the Frieza Saga where she is in a capsule house in the bathtub talking to her father on a radio.
* In the wartime GirlsLove manga series ''KuroganePukapukaTai'', there's an unwilling one where stinky U-Boat captain Nina Stortebeker is hauled off and thrown in the tub before being scrubbed with a long-handled broom. Played for fanservice, naturally.
* Pretty much every episode of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' contains someone having a bath. It's usually Yuno, but it has been Sae, Hiro, Miyako, and Yoshinoya-sensei. One episode had short snippets of each one singing part of the first season theme song, but most often, whoever it is says something referring to what happened. By contrast, [[AdaptationExpansion such scenes are few and far between in the manga]].
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'' Esmeraude had a bathscene where she was talking to her boss. A lot is actually shown, in comparison to her closed-up outfit.
* The vampire villain, Camula, has a short scene in the bath after she sends her bats to spy on various duellists in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Her entire role is very much played for fanservice, being the only attractive female to appear up to that point (except Asuka).
* The ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' movie known as Project Eden has our two heroines stop in the middle of their mission in an abandoned mine for them to engage in small talk while they have baths in a room that conveniently had multiple bathtubs filled with hot soapy water, but then becomes a significant plot point when they are attacked by alien-like creatures and are forced to retreat with just a ModestyTowel for the rest of the movie.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has a few bathtub scenes primarily used to show introspection on behalf of the characters of Misato and Asuka. Both of their respective scenes are part fanservice, part "What I am doing with my life everything is crazy" rants.
* Would you believe there's an [[http://animebaths.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page entire wiki]] devoted to this trope? Ain't the internet great?
** The crazy part is not that the wiki [[DancingBear exists]], but how [[SeriousBusiness serious]] it is.
* The episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' narrated by Chiyo shows snippets of what her fellow main characters are doing at the end of the day. Osaka is relaxing in the tub... which hides everything but her appendages.
* ''SquidGirl'' has a couple of quick ones: When Squid Girl is sick, one of the remedies they attempt before finding out what the illness is is a soak in hot & cold water. The other is an ImagineSpot where Sanae imagines what she could do with something that makes you invisible... such as watch Squid Girl bathe.
* Battle Tendency, the 2nd part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a bathtub scene with Lisa Lisa after [=JoJo=] defeats AC/DC. The anime version definitely increased the FanService.
* In ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Japan gets one in season five.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* PhantomLady would occasionally end her adventures with a nice hot bath, and bubbles. Back in 1942.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/RedDust'' provides one of the most iconic examples, possibly the TropeMaker, in which JeanHarlow takes a bath in a rain barrel, and neglects to use the modesty curtains, much to Creator/ClarkGable's consternation.
* A non-Fanservice example occurs in ''Film/FattysTintypeTangle'', a silent slapstick film in which Creator/FattyArbuckle accidentally intrudes on his domineering mother-in-law in the bath. She is horrified, but he just laughs at her.
* ''Film/{{Slither}}'' has one which is used a lot as promotion for the movie ([[JustHereForGodzilla being the only reason to see it]]).
** The original 1976 movie ''Shivers'' (on which ''Sliver'' is at least partially based)has a bathtub scene where the parasite comes up through the plughole and then slithers up between the unheeding girls's legs... well, what do you expect, David Crounenburg directed it....
* The title character of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'' has a bathtub scene in the 1976 version, where she washes all the pig's blood off her in the bathtub equivalent of a ShowerOfAngst.
* There's a bathtub scene in ''Film/PrettyWoman'' for JuliaRoberts to enjoy the five-star accomodations, that works kinda sorta as {{Fanservice}}, though only her head and one of her legs are showing for most of the scene.
* In ''Film/TheTruthAboutCatsAndDogs'', Creator/JaneaneGarofalo and Ben Chaplin have a SplitScreenPhoneCall, each in a separate bubble bath. In this case, the CensorSuds also cover Garofalo's tattoos.
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' has Ally Sheedy (as Stephanie Speck) relaxing in the bathtub as Number 5 comes in to show he is still alive.
* ''BlackSwan'' has one, but it soon turns into FanDisservice.
* In ''In A Dark Place'', LeeleeSobieski's character Anna enjoys taking scented baths and showing her [[ToplessnessFromTheBack sexy back]] to the camera.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture II'', Marty interrupts Biff with two BuxomBlondes while they are watching ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' in a hot tub, to ask about [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin Gray's Sports Almanac]].
* In ''Original Sin'', AngelinaJolie and Antonio Banderas take a bath together in a tin tub. Jolie's breasts are readily visible. In a case of BestKnownForTheFanservice, this and the actual sex scene are probably the only things anyone takes away from the film.
* In ''Film/OutOfSight'', as escaped bank robber Jack Foley soaks in a tub, US Marshal Karen Sisco confronts him. After clearly eying his nether regions (his eyes are closed and he's presumably unaware of her presence), she leans over to kiss him, eventually climbing into the tub with him before it's revealed that she's dreaming.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Used as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the Season 3 premiere. Seeing Cordy is in pain and distraught over yet another vision, her resident ghost prepares a [[SceneryCensor nice foamy bath]] and scrubs her back with a loofah.
* ''Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction'': The protagonist of "The Getaway", when she's on the phone with her neighbor.
* ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'': Has one bathtub scene with Tenkaichi, though it does show off the fact he ''never'' takes his hat off.
* ''Film/{{Hawking}}'': Has a few. The context is a bit sad - the character in question is an IllBoy testing his lung capacity - but not quite sad enough to turn wet BenedictCumberbatch into FanDisservice.
* ''The Invisible Woman'': Alexa Hamilton has a bathtub scene after becoming invisible in this PilotMovie.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac has one in "A Tangled Webb (Part 2)" with SceneryCensor.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie gets one in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs episode 6]].
* ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'': One episode shows Sarah shaving in the tub, when she accidentally cuts herself. Cue dramatic shot of blood in the water.
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'': Young Lord Tony Dewhurst (Creator/JamieBamber) has a bath in public, with several girls washing him. He's a bit ashamed and tries to protest, but MrFanservice has his duties. Comments from Tony's friends suggest that it might have lead to an off-screen ShowerOfLove and the loss of his virginity.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In the episode [[MirrorUniverse "Crossover"]], [[AlternateSelf Intendant Kira]] greets Major Kira as the Intendant is just coming out of her bath, escalating the [[ScrewYourself sexual]] [[LesYay tension]] of the scene.
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'': The entire shtick of Umeko/[[=DekaPink=]], rubber duckies and all.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Bill and Sookie bathe in an old-fashioned claw-footed bathtub after they have sex for the first time.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' features Grayza in a bathtub. She seduces Braca (and the audience) with the help of her aphrodisiac-producing gland and then pushes him away.
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[[folder:Music]]
* CelineDion has one in her ''Misled'' video.
* Invoked in Music/BobbyDarin's song "Splish Splash." The bather winds up making a NakedFirstImpression due to being unaware that there's a dance party going on in the next room.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The backglass of ''Pinball/JunkYard'' has a woman bathing. The obvious question, of course, is [[FridgeLogic why would she be bathing in a]] ''[[FridgeLogic junkyard]]''?
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Parodied in the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' prequel volume ''[[PunnyName On the Origins of PCs]]'', in which Haley's bath is interrupted and she complains about her {{fanservice}} scene being cut short. Note that this is a StickFigureComic (unusually well crafted and expressive stick figures, true, but even so, it requires a rather [[FreudWasRight active imagination]] to get turned on by them).
* ''SupernormalStep'' gives us a bathtub scene [[http://supernormalstep.com/?p=108 here]].
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', chapter 89: the (mostly) male cast of Season 2 has a bath and massage session, all for the purpose of characterization and foreshadowing. [[SincerityMode No, seriously.]]
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